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Rim-Lit Saber


Of all the figures I re-shot since their original reviews, Alter’s summer Saber was among the most difficult. While the original review had some of my favourite photos to this day, the fact that I ran out of ideas for the indoors studio shows was plain as day. In retrospect, despite all the praise I heaped onto this figure, it really didn’t have that much going on by itself. It did not have great detail to admire up close, nor does it fill up the frame in an interesting way. So without fancy rivers and flowers, I struggled with making an interesting shot with it. Read more »

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Lessons with Tharja


Photography has a way of adding new meaning to things. Behind every image is the potential for a stories and memories about how it came to fruition. At the best of times, it’s a veritable adventure of getting one’s hands dirty, trying new things and ultimately being rewarded for the trouble. Sadly, the story behind this shot of Max Factory’s Tharja will be remembered for a substantially less pleasant reason: an awkward and painful physical injury.

It all began when I decided to take photos of Tharja again. I was never too pleased with the shots I took for her review, so I wanted to give it another go. With that said, I didn’t really have an idea for her, so I just put her in front of the camera with my usual setup, hoping to find out what clicks along the way. Read more »

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Menma with Flowers

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So I was yet another wedding a couple of months back, and when it (finally) came time to leave, the wife insisted on taking the small box of little white flowers on our table home with us for figure photos. The flowers didn’t strike me as a great prop, but I heeded her advice and drove back with the loot. Before the flowers wilted, I took a quick shot of Menma with them, if only to end the incessant questions of “when are you going to take picture with flowers?” Read more »

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Robot Damashi Sinanju


Hope you’ve had a good year guys, because it’s time for a new post!

I won’t ignore the elephant in the room and pretend this blog hasn’t been fallen into an obvious state of disuse in the past year, but despite not purchasing any new figures since Tharja, I still take photos of figures occasionally and post them on Google+ and flickr. Since these posts are much shorter than the full-blown reviews Ash and I used to post on this site, I never thought about posting them here, but now feels like as good of a time as any to change my mind. For despite all the neglect this site has suffered over the years, Hobby Hovel is still dear and close to my heart. So for as long as I long as I partake in the figure photography hobby, I would want to share it at the place where it really took hold.

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